Put Royalmount project on hold until there are better transit options, meeting told

Several people who attended a public meeting at city hall Wednesday night on the Royalmount mega-mall project called for the project to be put on hold, until plans call for better ways to get there by public transit.

The project, to be built at the intersections of Highways 15 and 40, has long raised concerns about an increase in traffic in the area, with few improvements for either motorists or public transit options. In addition, it's feared the project itself will lay the foundation for a future neighborhood, making the congestion in the area that much worse.

Developer Carbonleo's proposed shopping and entertainment complex didn't initially call for a residential element, but several thousand housing units could be added if the Town of Mount Royal approves a zoning change, from industrial to residential.

Montreal's Conseil Régional de l'Environnement is proposing the Legault government intervene and decree a temporary halt to the project.

Among some of the other proposals aimed at easing traffic — extending the metro's Orange Line beyond Cote-Vertu by two stops, to link up with the Bois-Franc train station.

Hearings of Montreal’s committee on economic and urban development and housing will resume next week. The committee is expected to finalize its recommendations by the end of the month.